Greater Toronto Area: completed

The following pilot project ended in June 2022.

In 2018, we  started a pilot project in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to test the impact of local, on-the-ground services. The GTA was chosen because it has many newcomers to Canada and is a densely populated urban area with a large number of schools. As part of this project, we engaged an education specialist from the region to deliver in-person and virtual professional learning activities to educators.

Who could participate?

  • Secondary teachers
  • Instructors, teacher-candidates, and student associations at faculties of education
  • School departments and teachers’ associations
  • Educators and consultants at school boards, divisions, departments, or ministries of education

What types of activities were offered?

We tailored each PD activity to classroom needs and presented in a variety of environments and approaches, including:

  • Professional learning events
  • Staff or department meetings
  • Co-teaching or classroom demonstrations
  • Faculties of education workshops
  • Student events

Our PD services featured Elections Canada’s learning resources. We also touched on the following key topics: blended learning strategies, critical thinking, inquiry-based learning, global competencies, civic engagement, literacy skills and language learner needs, and misinformation and disinformation.

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Meet our GTA education coordinator

Picture of Zoe Flatman

Zoe Flatman was the Elections Canada education coordinator who provided professional learning services in the Greater Toronto Area from 2018 to 2022.

Zoe has more than 25 years of experience teaching Civics, History, Economics and Social Sciences for the Toronto District School Board and is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers. She has worked in a variety of schools with diverse student communities across Toronto. She has a passion for global citizenship and civic education. She has been a curriculum writer for the Ontario Ministry of Education and is a recipient of several awards for teaching excellence.

Zoe is dedicated to building global citizens and integrating global competencies, sustainability and civic engagement into her classes across the curriculum.